Mangaluru: Shambhavi river likely to get polluted due to upcoming Balkunje industrial area

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jun 26: Primary notification for land acquisition is published in order to set up an industrial zone on 1,091 acres of land at Balkunje. The survey work and objections of farmers is in the process.

If the project goes through as planned, hundreds of families will lose their livelihood from agriculture. On the other hand Shambhavi river which flows nearby will be polluted and pose serious health issues for people and environment.

Phalguni river is already polluted due to industries in MSEZ. The death of tonnes of fish in the river is the witness for this fact. Shambhavi river will meet the same fate, if the Balkunje industrial zone project gets established.

In the intended 1,091 acre fertile agricultural land at Balkunje, there are 172 families, with a population of 905. In addition, 179 additional rightful owners of land are also there. Except 142 acres of government land, rest of the area is fertile agricultural land and environmentally sensitive zone.

As many as 36 villages around river Shambhavi get drinking water from the river. A dam is built at Bhandasale in order to provide drinking water. The proposed industrial zone is right next to the Shambhavi river. So there is a huge chance of poisonous chemicals entering into the river. Balkunje gram panchayat president Mamata Poonja said that residents of Balkunje are vehemently opposing the project.

Environmentalist Dinesh Holla says that Shambhavi river will surely meet the same fate as the Phalguni river, which is already polluted beyond limits. This has to be stopped at any cost.

More than 90% of people are against the land acquisition at Balkunje. Denis D’Souza, president of the protest committee says that their agricultural produce was getting affected by the thermal power plant of Udupi. If the Balkunje industrial zone is established it will not be possible for them to live.

Dinesh Holla says that this scheme is to encroach land in the name of an industrial zone. Development is just a lame excuse. So he says people should unite and fight against this plot of using land for other purposes once it is acquired.





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  • Raghu, Mulki

    Mon, Jun 27 2022

    Achche din ayeya nahi... (Chorus) Ayeye hai .. ,Petrol ka daam kam hua hai ki nahi..(chorus) kam hua..,

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 27 2022

    Dakshina Kannada has enough industries. Though they dont guarantee jobs to the locals, they guarantee pollution. Phalguni River and Netravati river are a good example of this. Phalguni river is so polluted, it is impossible to fish in this river. In Bajpe, thousands of acres of forest cover has been cut during the last couple of years. Authorities of really insensitive to environmental issues. For them these projects are just another tick mark.

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  • SP Prabhu, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 27 2022

    Well, what is the need of converting an agricultural land into an Industrial area ? We Indians don't understand the criticality of environment. Its like digging our own and future generations grave.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Jun 27 2022

    Stop these industries from dumping their thrash into in this River ...

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  • Hemraj R. Salian, Mulki

    Sun, Jun 26 2022

    The whole world is concerned about global warming and on the other end, the government is ruining the green and fertile land by setting up some poisonous industries. Are the lawmakers sensible to understand the gravity of the danger they're causing to the people of Mulki? As you have noticed all the industries in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are highly polluting one in some form or the other. Name it MCF, MRPL, OMPL or the ADANI POWER to name a few. Mysore is the industrial capital of Karnataka why not establish such industries there which are conducive to all industrial development. We should surely protest against the industrialization of Green belt of Mangalore. Why always Mangalore? And why MULKI.

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Sun, Jun 26 2022

    I totally agree. Many people in DK started developing asthma issues, skin diseas and many health complications due to these pollution created industries. These shameless politicians destroy peoples livelihood and make our people struggle. Our ancestors created such a beautiful land and in minutes these devil people take away for their self benifits for cheapest possible way and make all families homeless directly or indirectly. Drive them away and never allow to enter your property

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 26 2022

    River is a living entity as per Supreme one more reason to CHASE the politicians and industrialists away.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Sun, Jun 26 2022

    I sincerly Hope and Pray that this will NOT HAPPEN, since Grave Caution has been spelled out already ! I earnestly request all those who are in this BELT eager for development will use their God given Wisdom to avoid such things happening ! THANKS ALL !!!

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Sun, Jun 26 2022

    Ok sir Ben D'Souza Prabhu , Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada .....We will flight will pray for us....

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